Chick with wobbly legs.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rdilbarova, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chicks has very wobbly and unstable legs, and looks drunk when she walks. She will be two weeks old on monday, and when I first got her she used to bully everyone and run around despite her small size. But now, she doesn't look well. She is on the same feed as the others, and was on straw from day one. She is the smallest of the bunch but is feathering as fast as the rest, and is a Buttercup. Any ideas? I already lost one a few days after I got them to a birth defect, I really would rather not lose this guy too. I took a video also (she is isolated from the rest, they literally walk all over her). I would skip to twenty seconds in.
     
  2. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you giving these chicks medicated feed? How do the poops look? It could be cocci but not sure. could you please give some more info on feed and any suppliments you are using, treats anything like that. The other one that died, what were the symptoms that made you think birth defect?
     
  3. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No- no medicated feed. They were vaccinated against marek's and cocci. The poop looks normal, and she has not pasted up (she did the first week, but i cleaned it and it has not come back up). No supplements, I gave them half an egg yolk (for 15 chicks) yesterday, and maybe five chopped up kernels of cooked corn the day before that. Give me a minute, I am gonna go read the brand of feed I am giving them.

    The other one wouldn't eat or drink, and it had a very large lump on its behind, where the umbilical stump should have been. It did not seem like prolapse because it was not raw- it was more of a hardened skin on a lump. It couldn't even lay down, so I am assuming it was painful for the bird.
     
  4. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The food is Blue Seal- Home Fresh chick crumbles. They are all eating the same stuff though, and the rest are fine. Also, I mentioned treats but I do not think this particular chick got anything because it had been weak and withdrawn a few days ago as well, I had just thought that it was at the bottom of the pecking order and not bothering to get treats.
     
  5. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh actually I have been giving them ACV in the water, I forgot to add that.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    This could be Mareks Disease unfortunately. Do you have any vitamins, maybe PolyVisol without iron? Or chick vitamins? Most chicks with coccidiosis are puffed up, lethargic, may or may not be having blood in stools, and may have a poor appetite. Cocci usually hits chicks about 3-6 weeks, same as the time that Maraks can show up. If you choose to treat for cocci, discontinue the vitamins until after Corid is completed in 5 days. Corid dosage is 1/2 tsp powder, or 2 tsp liquid in 1 gallon water.
     
  7. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that possible if they have been vaccinated for both?
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Well, it's probably not cocci then, but Mareks vaccines can be ineffective 10% of the times I have read. I would definitely give the vitamins then. Polyvisol is 1-2 drops a day.
     
  9. rdilbarova

    rdilbarova Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is awful. 1-2 drops per quart or gallon?
    And thanks so much for the help!
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    1-2 drops PolyVisol straight by mouth with a dropper, or on food.
     

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